• A student smiles while he crouches casually in a wide alley a few blocks from campus.

    You could succeed at many things. The world is wide open and full of opportunities. Choosing a major can be a challenge. Fortunately, you’re not alone. We’ll help you navigate through your many options.

    In the Exploratory area of Exploratory Studies, you’ll go through the program with other students who are open to any major. Along the way, advisors will help you figure out which path you feel drawn to.

    First-Year Course Guidelines

    Below, you’ll find the typical first-year courses taken by students in the Exploratory area of Exploratory Studies. Your courses may be slightly different, based on placement testing and courses you've already taken through dual enrollment or Advanced Placement (AP).

    First Semester (Fall)

    • DVST 170 Career Exploration**   (1cr)
    • HIST 196 OR FIAR 101** (3 cr)
    • Social Science OR ENGL 100 (based on placement) (3cr)
    • Natural Science Elective OR Math (based on placement) (3-4cr)
    • Major Course (as advised) (3cr)

    Second Semester (Spring)

    • Major Course (3cr) 
    • Natural Science Elective (3cr)
    • ENGL 101 (3cr)
    • Health and Wellness Course (3cr)
    • Social Science Course (3-6cr)

    ** Courses are part of the required First Year Experience (FYE)

    Liberal Studies Courses to Consider Your First Year

    Social Science Electives

    As an IUP student, you’ll need to take three classes to fulfill your social science requirements. Some may be required or strongly recommended by your major. It’s wise to mark required or recommended courses as your first choices for registration. If additional classes interest you, you can add them later as electives. It is not necessary to take a social science now, but, if you have room in your schedule, this is one area to consider. Note that you may use a prefix (such as ANTH or GEOG) only once. Courses marked (GMA) also fulfill the Global and Multicultural Awareness requirement.

    • ANTH110 Contemporary Anthropology (GMA)
    • ANTH211 Cultural Anthropology (GMA)
    • ANTH213 World Archaeology
    • CRIM101 Crime and Justice Systems
    • ECON101 Basic Economics
    • ECON121 Principles of Economics I
    • GEOG101 Geography of Human Environment Interaction
    • GEOG102 Geography of US & Canada
    • RGPL/GEOG103 Global Cities: Issues in Planning and Development (GMA)
    • GEOG104 World Geography/Global Context (GMA)
    • JRNL105 Journalism and the Mass Media
    • PSYC101 General Psychology
    • PLSC101 World Politics (GMA)
    • PLSC111 Power and Democracy in America
    • SOC151 Principles of Sociology
    • SOC231 Contemporary Social Problems

    Natural Science Electives

    The required Natural Science Electives can be completed one of two ways. Either option usually begins with a laboratory course, but Option 2 may start with a non-laboratory course.

    1. Option 1(8 cr): two laboratory courses, may be non-sequential -OR-
    2. Option 2 (7 cr): one laboratory course (4 cr) and one non-laboratory course (3 cr)

    Listed below are some of the options for lab sciences you might want to consider. All of these courses are open to non-majors. A list of additional non-lab courses can be found in the undergraduate catalog under Graduation Requirements/Liberal Studies Requirements.

    • BIOL103 Life on Earth
    • BIOL104 Human Biology: How the Human Body Works
    • BIOL106 Human Genetics & Health
    • CHEM101 College Chemistry I*
    • CHEM111 General Chemistry I*
    • CHEM113 Advanced General Chemistry*
    • GEOS101/102 The Dynamic Earth + lab
    • GEOS103/104 Oceans & Atmospheres + lab
    • GEOS105/106 Exploring the Universe + lab
    • GEOS201 Foundations of Geology*
    • PHYS111/121 Physics I + lab (needs calculus)
    • PHYS131/141 Physics I + lab (needs calculus)
    • SCI105 Physical Science I (physics)
    • SCI107/117 Chemistry for Everyone *

    * Typically restricted to certain majors or minors; on limited occasions others may receive special permission. CHEM113 requires that students be able to enroll in a calculus course – students not meeting this requirement should be advised to schedule CHEM111.